Troy Chamber Executive Director Rachel South (left) and Lincoln County Prosecutor Mike Wood (right) dropping off all the collected foodstuffs from the Rattling the Cans event at Winfield High School, where an emergency shelter had been set up for flooding victims.  

Troy’s Chamber of Commerce and Mike Wood, Lincoln County’s Prosecuting Attorney, worked together last week to host the Rattling the Cans event, a food drive to gather donations for local flood victims.

On Wednesday, June 12, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., local community members, business owners and even state representatives gathered to enjoy drinks and appetizers while bringing a wide variety of donations to support local flood victims. Donations included non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, gift cards to restaurants and other businesses, as well as around $600 in monetary donations that will most likely be reverted into gift cards. 

“This community really comes together in times of need. To me, it’s incredible how close and how strong this community is. It never ceases to amaze me,” Wood said.

Just some of the local businesses who donated were the UPS store, Meyer & Company Real Estate, a local apartment complex and People’s Bank and Trust. “Rattling the Cans” was the culmination of a week of generous giving and resulted in two full truck loads and an SUV’s worth of supplies being driven to and unloaded at the Red Cross shelter at the Winfield High School.

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People helping out with the event show off some of the goods collected. From left: Patty Clisham, Greg Clisham, Jenn McCord,Taylor Premer, Rachel South, Gina Bueneman-Cooper and Brian Cooper. 

“We had a wonderful response from the community. The room was overflowing with donations from small businesses. It was a proud moment to be from Lincoln County, seeing people step up to help their neighbors,” said Alex Salsman, community relations specialist for the Lincoln County Prosecutor’s office. 

Members of the prosecutor’s office, upon seeing drone footage of local flooding back in May, reached out to local officials to see what can they do and how the could help. 

A gofundme page was started, and shortly after the Chamber reached out expressing a desire to keep working on getting donations and supplies. After brainstorming about how to gather the donations, the Chamber and Wood came up with the Rattling the Cans event, and they were able to spread the word to get people involved.

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“We were trying to make a difference down there and help the victims of terrible flooding with relief, give them something for the return home and make sure they have everything, or at least some of the things they need,” said Jennifer McCord, assistant director of the Troy Chamber of Commerce. “It was just such a wonderful event and everybody came together. Our community just always comes together, especially when we’re in need and we’re so happy to see that.”

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